Meadows Library Expands Filters on Internet Access

By Cliatt, Cass | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 25, 2001 | Go to article overview

Meadows Library Expands Filters on Internet Access


Cliatt, Cass, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Cass Cliatt Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Rolling Meadows Library's decision to expand its use of Internet filters just after federal legislation passed to require their use was purely coincidental, library officials said this week.

Expanding the filtering technology to block obscenity and pornography on the library's 20 public computers was based on the library's satisfaction with the Cyber Patrol software and the desire to simplify some administrative procedures, said David C. Ruff, the library's executive director.

"To tell you the truth, we started our discussion as early as August about whether it made sense to have a dual policy," said Ruff, referring to a library board decision in 1997 that led to the installment of filters on 14 of the library's 20 public computers, allowing the city's adults to use unfiltered computers.

Unfiltered computers were more popular, but not because of the lack of filters, Ruff said.

"It was because of the time limit," Ruff said. "Residents can use those for two hours instead of 30 minutes for the others. ... In the meantime (since 1997), the filters have worked well and the patrons have reacted well to it. …

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